NASA and the ESA captured two galaxies interacting with one another.
NASA and ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope was able to capture the cosmic interaction called Arp 282, which is composed of the NGC 169 and the galaxy IC 1559. The Arp 282 system is located approximately 319 million light-years away in the constellation of Andromeda.
The image depicts that the distant galaxy merger IC 2431, is happening at a whopping 681 million light-years from Earth.
The Hubble Space Telescope, orbiting the Earth for the last three decades, has been our cosmic eye. It has been able to see things so far away that it’s hard to believe. This new image will help us understand how a galaxy evolves.
According to NASA, the way galaxies interact is now thought to be a big part of how they change over time. Each time two galaxies interact, their shapes and structures change. This is because galaxies can merge, collide, or brush past each other.
As common as these interactions may be, it is very rare to get a picture of two galaxies interacting in this way. This picture, taken by the NASA and ESA Hubble Space Telescope, looks very three-dimensional for a piece of deep-space imagery.